Risk Factors Associated With Pressure Injury in Critically Ill Children With Congenital Heart Disease

Author(s): Ashlee Shields, PhD, RN, CCRN, and Jiuann-Huey Ivy Lin, MD, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires May 01, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, Skin/Wound Care

Population: Pediatric

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Children with congenital heart disease have unique risk factors associated with the pathophysiology of an abnormal heart; hence, this population is most likely at increased risk of acquiring a pressure injury during hospitalization. Few studies have included patients with congenital heart disease or examined the factors unique to these patients. Results showed corticosteroids and anticoagulant use were contributing factors in the development of pressure injuries in children with congenital heart disease.


  • Identify risk factors associated with pressure injury development in children with congenital heart disease.
  • Describe categories of patients who are at a greater risk of developing a pressure injury.
  • Identify routinely used medications associated with pressure injury development in children with congenital heart disease.

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